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Flobbler family

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The flobbler family is a family of octopus-like creatures introduced in Pikmin 3, although the family went unclassified until Pikmin 3 Deluxe. It contains only one member, the Waddlepus. Members belong to the Opisteuthidae genus.



A render of a Waddlepus from Pikmin 4.
Main article: Waddlepus.

Scientific name: Opisteuthidae iaciobulla

The Waddlepus is a purple octopus-like creature that is always found sleeping. When approached by Pikmin or their leaders, a Waddlepus will wake up and begin attacking them by puffing up and producing bubbles from either its mouth or the yellow pores on its back. These bubbles cannot harm Pikmin or leaders but can trap them inside. When left alone, a Waddlepus will return to its sleeping spot and return to its slumber.


"Flobbler" contains "flob", a term used to describe someone walking clumsily. Flobbler family members do appear to walk rather awkwardly, due to a lack of legs. In addition, "flob" is a term meaning "to spit" in parts of Europe, namely the United Kingdom. Flobbler members are also known to spit bubbles at Pikmin.

The family genus, Opisteuthidae, is a shortened version of "opisthoteuthidae", the family belonging to the umbrella octopus, which members of the flobbler family resemble.

Names in other languages[edit]

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Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese フクラダコ科?
Fukura Dako Ka
Puffy Octopus Family
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
Flag of France French inflopodes
Flag of Germany German Wabbler Wobblers from the German word wabbeln (to wobble)
Flag of South Korea Korean 풍선문어 과
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Baiacefalopídeos From "baiacu" (pufferfish) and "cefalópode" (cephalopod)
Flag of Spain Spanish Cefalopómpados From cefalópodo (cephalopod) and pompa (bubble)

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